OPPORTUNITY

Virtual Conference Support
– remote, part-time, volunteer/internship role with stipend, multiple positions available

 

The Hydrogen Business Council of Canada (HBC), based in Ontario, is running a virtual conference on the impacts of hydrogen energy, for which we require event support in the lead- up to and during the conference on November 11-12, 2021. Multiple positions are available for this posting as we require multiple conference support team members. Work activities will vary between members of this conference support team as they will each be assigned to support with different conference sessions and the associated conference organizer, session chairperson, or track director.

Assisting in this conference will provide a unique opportunity for post-secondary students and recent graduates to gain meaningful exposure into the growing clean hydrogen industries in Ontario and Canada and to other subject areas that may be related to their individual assignment. Such related subjects may include specific technologies, emissions reduction, energy storage, transportation applications, sustainable manufacturing, policy development, partnerships, etc.

We recognize that women have been underrepresented in the broader hydrogen sector. For this reason, we are reserving preference for qualified candidates who are women/womxn and hope this opportunity may stem their further involvement related to hydrogen in their careers.

  • For womxn post-secondary students and recent graduates of various work/study backgrounds.
  • Part-time: 3-4hrs/week outside of the conference days, plus full-day commitment on conference days (Nov. 11-12).
  • Duration: Mid-June (or as soon as possible) until end of November 2021.
  • Compensation: $1500 CAD stipend, industry conference participation, and letter of recognition.

Key Points

About the Hydrogen Business Council of Canada (HBC)

The Hydrogen Business Council is a non-profit industry association that has three main goals:

  1. Raising awareness about how the deployment of hydrogen technologies benefits the environment and addresses climate change*,
  2. Advocating for the hydrogen industrial sub-sector when dealing with government policy makers and industry leaders, and
  3. Assisting member organizations in developing viable hydrogen strategies and solutions and helping them manage the ensuing deployment.

The HBC focuses on representing hydrogen industries in Canada, namely in Ontario.

*Given the environmental and energy system contexts in the province, the HBC views zero- emissions (not net-zero) methods of hydrogen generation as the only methods suitable for hydrogen industries in Ontario. Not all hydrogen production methods are equal. Some methods produce hydrogen out of fossil fuels and in the process, also emit GHGs, which contribute to climate change if not captured and then sequestered or stored. We focus our awareness raising efforts only on those hydrogen generation methods that use renewable energy (including nuclear power) to produce hydrogen without also generating GHG emissions, nor requiring capture and sequestration or storage of those emissions.

Responsibilities

In the lead-up to the event, conference support will:
  • Provide administrative, coordination, analytical, or creative assistance to conference
    organizers, session panelists, session chairs, and/or track directors. For some
    assignments, analytical support will include topical research into the session subject area.
  • Actively participate in orientation session, multiple planning meetings, and training
    meetings about in-conference tech support, and tech rehearsals prior to the conference.

 

During days of the conference, they will:
  • Participate in the conference in the assigned sessions or tasks.
  • Serve support to Tech Leads in running assigned virtual sessions on the virtual
    conference platform.

Candidate Qualifications

Practical Requirements:
  • Based in Ontario or elsewhere in Central, Eastern, Atlantic, or Newfoundland time zones in Canada.
  • Has reliable internet connection.
  • Commit to 3-4hrs/week outside of the conference days for the duration of the contract.
  • Commit to working on days of the conference (Nov. 11-12), reserving conference hours off from other commitments. Note: this will likely require making arrangements far enough in advance with your professors, supervisors.
Skills & Competencies:
  • Authentic interest to learn about clean hydrogen technologies, their deployment, and sustainability.
  • Knowledge on any aspects about or relating to sustainable hydrogen is an asset but not a requirement. (We will bring together team members of all different levels of knowledge on hydrogen – if you’re just beginning to learn, we recommend these helpful resources from our friends at the international Hydrogen Council for starters >> hydrogencouncil.com/en/category/resources/infog).
  • Time management, multi-tasking, communications, and organizational skills.
  • Teamwork skills are required, as are initiative, self-motivation, and self-organization.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume in an email to Brittany Bright at bbright[at]nexthydrogen.com with the subject “[insert your name] – HBC Conference Support Application”.

The cover letter and resume should each fit on one page. In your cover letter, please provide a brief explanation of your interest in learning about hydrogen in this role and, if applicable, include any related knowledge you have from previous experience. Please make it clear in your application what town/city (in which province/territory) you will be working from.

We are looking to have a full Conference Support team assembled ASAP. The application period remains open only until all positions are filled and so we recommend interested candidates submit their applications as soon as possible.